NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Has America become a nation of workaholics?
More than half the workers in this country claim to put in more than 40 hours a week at their jobs, and 31% bring work home with them at least once a week, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.
The survey, which is based on interviews with more than 3,000 workers, found that many Americans have trouble leaving their jobs behind after hours. Nearly a quarter of those surveyed said they continue to think about work at home – and even when they go out socially – and 22% work so much that they don’t have enough extra time to pursue their hobbies.
Some of this can be pinned on the tough economy, which has caused many companies to trim staff, thereby forcing the remaining employees to work harder or take on extra tasks.
“With increased demands at the office and greater accessibility through mobile devices, the workday literally never ends for some workers,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.But this new work ethic has clearly taken its toll: One of every ten people surveyed said the added work time has caused problems with their families, and about of quarter of workers said they had forfeited sick days, which could affect their health.
Needless to say, when the unemployment rate is hovering near 10%, most workers are probably just thankful to have a job at all.
There are several steps you can take to minimize the stress you get from working hard, ranging from exercising and getting enough sleep to cutting down on the amount of coffee you consume. And, of course, don’t be afraid to take a day off if you need to.
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